Campaigners hit out at government HS2 plans

Joe Rukin
Joe Rukin
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CAMPAIGNERS have slammed plans by the Government to involve the Chinese in its controversial HS2 plans.

The high speed rail link between London and Birmingham will cut through the villages of Boddington, Aston le Walls and Chipping Warden.

The Prime Minister David Cameron is using his visit 
to China to try to secure Chinese involvement in building HS2.

The project is expected to cost around £40 billion but has been widely criticised by many campaigners who say the project is too big and unnecessary.

Stop HS2 campaign manager, Joe Rukin, said: “The idea of Chinese involvement in HS2 blows apart any idea that it is about creating British jobs, and underlines the fact that HS2 is all about the vanity of politicians.

“David Cameron has said he wants to learn from the Chinese high speed rail project, but we doubt he will be interested in the abysmal safety record, the high-level corruption or the fact the project is a financial basket case because no-one can afford to use it.

“Yet again, the public have been asked for their opinion and have overwhelmingly said, ‘Stop HS2’, but the Prime Minister isn’t interested. David Cameron is hurtling at high speed to a spectacular train wreck, but he just doesn’t seem to care.”